Sunday, June 5, 2011

Paul's Night Sky

A deep, inky-black velvet sky with pinpricks of diamond-white stars. This is most certainly Not Coming In Dubai. Even on a clear night, there's so much light pollution bouncing back from the humidity and dust in the air that the whole sky takes on the pinky-orange glow of high-pressure sodium.

My offerings are all straight out of the camera except for cropping to 800pix. I set up on a tripod and tried a whole variety of different shutter speeds and apertures. Here are the edited not-quite-as-low-as-the-other lights.


Natural
Nikon D300s
Nikkor 18-200 at 95mm
F/18 1.6sec
ISO 2500


This one is as close as I could get to what my eyes could actually see. The sodium glow over Dubai silhouettes the gate light and the edges of the buildings. The crescent moon is visible, but it's difficult to see the whole lunar disc.

Moody
Nikon D300s
Nikkor 18-200 at 75mm
F/5 1/6sec
ISO 2500


I think the second image is more pleasing to the eye because it expresses more of a 'night' aspect.


Short DoF
Nikon D300s
Nikkor 18-200 at 75mm
F/5 1/6sec
ISO 2500


See what happens at a wide F-stop? The gate light in the foreground falls out of focus. I wasn't sure whether this is a fault or a feature. Certainly, putting less important parts of the image in shot but out of focus can help to give an impression of depth.

Which is it, then: 'Natural' or 'Short DoF'?

3 comments:

  1. Any idea what I can do to reduce the amount of noise on the image?

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  2. Yeah, don't shoot at ISO 2500 unless you like noise. You could try noise ninja is pretty good.

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  3. I'd go for the natural one myself because I like the level of "silloetness" which tells the story nicely.

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